Surveillance (DVD / Blu-ray)

Surveillance on DVD and Blu-rayReviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman, Ryan Simpkins, Charles Newmark

Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Distributed by Magnet Entertainment

For several decades David Lynch has delivered some of the strangest and most compelling bits of American entertainment we have ever seen. With Surveillance his daughter Jennifer finds herself in the director’s seat, and let’s just say the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree.

Out on the highways a series of savage murders have taken place, and it’s up to Federal Officers Elizabeth Anderson (Julia Ormond) and Sam Hallaway (Bill Pullman) to step in and try not only to make sense of the events (because holy shit are they twisted up like a pretzel), but also to shed some light on the true identity of the nefarious killers who — as far as everyone knows — are still very much at large. The only witnesses to these horrid crimes? A slightly crazed cop who lost his partner, a strung-out junkie who lost her boyfriend, and an eight-year-old girl who lost her whole family. Yep, there’s one hell of a bumpy road ahead, and in true Lynch fashion it’s riddled with twists, turns, and lots of uncomfortable oddities.

Surveillance on DVD and Blu-rayIt’s nearly impossible to discuss Surveillance further without spoiling the movie so let me just say this … the third act of the film will hit you like a speeding freight train full of violence and absurdity. My jaw has been dragging along the floor ever since the end credits began to roll. This is a very smart and extremely taut thriller that knows how to satisfy the old bloodlust. Really good stuff.

The only real differences between the DVD and Blu-ray packages are the picture and sound quality. By now we all know that high definition can make for a better viewing experience if you have the tech so to talk about picture and sound over and over almost feels like we’re beating a really, really dead horse.

In terms of special features, which (in case you haven’t gathered this by now) are identical on both releases, we get a modest but still very good package. There’s a commentary, a making-of, two deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and a five-minute HDNet look at the film. All things considered, if you’re going to check out any bit of supplemental goodness in this package, make it the commentary. The track, which features Jennifer Lynch, Mac Miller, and Charles Newmark, is nothing short of a candid blast among a few people who are very happy to be participating. It’s funny, engaging, wonderfully crude, and also one of the best damned ones I’ve listened to all year.

Though a bit disjointed at times, Surveillance is a well crafted film that will keep you rapt to the very end. Highly recommended for those lookin’ for a quick trip down some brutally dark highways.

Special Features

  • Commentary by Jennifer Lynch, Mac Miller, and Charles Newmark
  • Surveillance: The Watched Are Watching featurette
  • Two deleted scenes and an alternate ending – all with optional commentary by Lynch, Miller, and Newmark
  • HDNet: A Look Surveillance featurette
  • Trailers


    4 out of 5

    Special Features:

    3 out of 5

    Discuss Surveillance in the Dread Central forums!

  • Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

    • Barfneck

      I just finished watching this and I’m damn glad I didn’t spend more than $1 at redbox to check it out. This movie sucked. Just the worst acting I can remember seeing. Some cool kills, but the “twist” was just so poorly executed. Avoid at all costs.